Paul Wallach — Falling Up
Past: January 23 → March 13, 2010
American artist Paul Wallach is showing some twenty recent works for his first extensive Parisian exhibition entitled Falling Up. His sculptures are exempt of narrative content. With very few means, they emerge off the wall at a dynamic point and unfold in space, as if suspended in dialogue with it. After an extended moment of observation the divers materials, — wood, plaster, fabric, metal and glass — take on a coherence that gives the work unity. These different materials overlap, because of their own specific weight, in order to generate a delicate balance, resulting from the dynamics of gravity. The permanent quest for a center of gravity is thus one of the factors that constructs form.
The space is open, given substance alternately by the balance of a hanging shape, the tension between two points revealed by the essence of a volume, the echo of a color, based on a constant reciprocity. The aim is not to occupy the space but to delineate it.
None of these sculptures can be absorbed at a glance: they change radically according to the spectator’s point of view. The work is an event that alters in composition from moment to moment under the viewer’s eye. It possesses an essential mobility that is inherent to its discovery, a motion of constant unfolding that also puts the spectator in motion, inviting them into a slow exploratory choreography of their own gravity.
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